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Joseph P. Wilson Papers
S-73 · Collection · 1851 - 1869

This collection contains materials related to Joseph P. Wilson. The majority of the collection are letters written between 1851 and 1869 to Joseph P. Wilson, from Joseph P. Wilson, or about his business interests. The letters include a proposal written by Wilson to the president of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company about the St. Cloud and Minneapolis railroad, references to Wilson’s involvement with the James L. Fisk expeditions to Montana in the early 1860s, and information relating to his business in mercantile and railroads. In addition, there is mention of the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota.

A number of the letters detail the legal counsel Wilson provided to his brother-in-law, William A. Corbett, regarding a land dispute in St. Augusta, Minnesota. The collection of letters also contains information about the platting of land in and around St. Cloud. Other authors besides Wilson include William A. Corbett, [sister?] A. B. Wilson, and brother John L. Wilson.

The collection also includes transcriptions of all the letters transcribed by Kasey Solomon. Information that is torn, faded, or otherwise unclear is noted with brackets and a question mark.

All documents were scanned and are available for download. Also included for download are the letter transcriptions.

Wilson, Joseph P.
Jane Grey Swisshelm Papers
1 · Collection · 1856-1969

The Swisshelm collection contain letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Most notable are the letters. Most of the letters are copies and transcripts of the originals. These letters were written by Henry Z. Mitchell, Henry Swisshelm, and Jane Grey Swisshelm. The letters from Jane Swisshelm were written to the Mitchell family in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Jane Swisshelm’s younger sister, Elizabeth, was married to Henry Z. Mitchell. They were parents to William B. Mitchell, who would later become the St. Cloud State University resident director (1877-1901) to the Minnesota State College Board.

There are two original Swisshelm letters, written in 1867 and 1883, both to the Mitchell family.

The collection also contains journal articles and newspaper clippings, as well as a small number of images, including three portraits of Jane Swisshelm.

To see the letters online, click on each letter in the finding aid and go to link in the Scope and Content Note. The letters can be found at

Swisshelm, Jane Grey Cannon
S-1840 · Collection · 1856-1978

The St. John's Episcopal Church is a fairly complete collection containing financial records, history of the church, and information of the guilds and committees of St. John's from 1856 to 1978. Included in the collection are pictures of the old and new churches. There much correspondence by Charles H. Richter, an active member of St. John's.

Newspaper Clippings and photographs contains newspaper clippings and photographs pertaining to the church and its members. The Financial Reports consists of budget reports, bonds, and mortgage certificates of the church. Series 3 contains miscellaneous materials from the church. A church history, information on the policies of church government, building and construction committees, and weekly church bulletins are all within this series as well. Various committees and clubs at St. John's Episcopal Church has information about the various clubs and committees. The Bishop Morrison Guild, the St. John's Improvement League, Church Aid Society, St. John's Guild are all within this series. Series 5 contains information connected with Women's Guilds and Societies at St. John's Episcopal Church. St. Anne's Altar Guild, St. Martha's Guild, Women of St. John’s, and Women's Auxiliary can be found in this series. The Oversized Series, contains the oversized materials from the various series in one box. These items are scrapbooks, a membership roll, and a cash book. Correspondence and miscellaneous materials are arranged chronologically in folders to what aspect of the church the material covers.

St. John's Episcopal Church
S-2 · Collection · 1857-1963

The papers consist of correspondence, military accounts (returns on personnel and equipment kept by both McKelvy’s), certificates of appointments, newspaper clippings, reminiscence, and miscellaneous items, all arranged chronologically.

The undated papers have information on the Democratic ticket for Congress and other offices; James M. McKelvy’s membership in the Masonic Order-North Star Lodge No. 23, St. Cloud; his membership in the Ancient Order of Prevaricators; railroad passes; instructions to officers in the United States Army from the Treasury Department re: settling their property accounts; the Seventh Minnesota Regiment; Stearns County citizens (a list) who have undertaken to support the constitution, obey the commands of the President, and those of their superior officers in the United States Army; reminiscences of James E. McKelvy and other data concerning his service in the Spanish-American War, as a member of the Thirteenth Minnesota Regiment; and the closing exercises of Shattuck School.

The papers for the 1857-1861 period include an indenture between Henry Swisshelm, St. Cloud, and Thomas A. Fernley, Philadelphia; assignment of property; appointments of James M. McKelvy as notary public; and a certificate of his election as Stearns County Attorney.

Those for 1862-1865 deal largely with McKelvy’s service in the Civil War. There are forms filled out by men enlisting in the Seventh Regiment at St. Cloud, containing vital statistics and physical descriptions’ authorizations by parents for the enlistment of minors; a list of men of the Seventh owing sums to B.C. Spencer, settler at Fort Ripley; records on the Seventh kept by McKelvy; a circular from the Chief of Ordnance, War Department, regarding regulations on resignations of officers in the volunteer service; McKelvy’s appointment as notary public; a certificate admitting McKelvy to North Star Lodge No. 23 (Masons); a certificate attesting to the marriage of McKelvy and Margaret Garlington; and a license to carry on the business of claim and real estate agent.

The papers from 1866 to 1883 relate largely to McKelvy’s professional and business activities and to his family. They include articles of co-partnership between John H. Raymond and John H. Owen, doing business as Raymond and Owen in St. Cloud, and William Dickinson of St. Cloud, forming the firm J.H. Owen and Company to manufacture sashes, door and blinds (McKelvy witnessed the signing of the instrument); appointment of McKelvy as an agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut; appointment of McKelvy as a judge in the Seventh Judicial District; a power of attorney granted to McKelvy by Moses R. Brown and Abby A. Brown of Fall River, Massachusetts; letters and other papers regarding McKelvy’s application for a pension for the government because of a wound received at Nashville; letter written by James Lawrence and Edwin Garlington from Helena City, Mountain Home, and Centerville, Montana (These communications have data on gold prospecting, livestock farming, and the formation of the Star of the West Grange—according to James Garlington, the first to be organized in Montana); family news; a statement by Stephen Miller of Windom that the Henry Swisshelm mortgage assigned to Miller by Gile J. Wilson has been paid; articles of incorporation of the Bank of St. Cloud (McKelvy is one of the incorporators; receipts for a contribution made by McKelvy to the Concordia Singing Society in St. Cloud for the construction of a public hall; the will of James McKelvy of Wilkins, Pennsylvania, the father of James M. McKelvy; a ruling by McKelvy as judge on the petition of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway Company for a right of way in building a branch from a point near Carlisle, Minnesota, to Pelican Rapids.

Most of the papers dating form 1884 to 1892 deal with the estate of McKelvy, who died in 1884. There are in addition a certificate issued by the Commercial School, St. Cloud, to J.G. McKelvy; the marksmanship record of James E. McKelvy; and a furlough granted by James M. McKelvy, who enlisted in Troop L, First Regiment of Cavalry, at Fort Maginnis, Montana Territory, in 1888.

The file for the rest of the period (1893-1963) is slight and miscellaneous. The most substantial unit is for the years 1898-1899, when James E. McKelvy was serving as captain in the Thirteenth Minnesota Regiment. The papers are made up of his military accounts, for the most part. Other papers for the 1893-1963 period include a list of members of a local board at St. Cloud of the United States Savings and Loan Company, St. Paul; J.G. McKelvy’s certificate of stock ownership in the company; a clipping from the St. Cloud Daily Journal-Press (January 2, 1894) containing an address by Judge D.B. Searle of the Stearns County bench and bar, paying tribute to Judge James M. McKelvy, among others; a certificates regarding James E. McKelvy’s nomination for the position of sheriff of Stearns County; forms concerning James M. McKelvy’s pension; a letter describing Eva McKelvy’s work in the City and County Hospital, St. Paul (Dr. Arthur B. Ancker is the superintendent); additional documents on the McKelvy estate; letters from “Pim” Wilbur written to his mother from Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota; letters by Percy Baily, secretary of the Pathfinder, concerning his marriage to Margaret May McKelvy (data on the Pathfinder is also included in these letters); a letter from Jesse McKelvy to his mother regarding the Charleston, West Virginia strike of the coal miners there, small pox in Pittsburgh, and labor importations from the “old country”; letters, newspaper clippings, and other items regarding the McKelvy house, built by Henry C. Burbank, sold to James M. McKelvy by Burbank in 1874, razed in 1955 to make way for a highway. Included in the information about the house is a letter from Glanville Smith to Miss Mary McKelvy.

McKelvy, James
33 · Collection · 1859-2006

This collections contains mostly minutes of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) board, including its predecessors, from 1859 to 2006.  In addition, other material, such as financial reports, reports to the governor, fact books, and by-laws and rules and regulations.

Series 1: Board Meeting Minutes

These minutes contain information about students, expenses, campus buildings and spaces, and personnel.

Series 2: Other Administrative Records

This series contain by-laws and rules and regulations, factbooks, financial reports, reports to the governor, and correspondence of Warren Stewart. Though mostly dated in the 1960s and 1970s, some material does date to the 1860s and 1880s.

These records are simply copies held at MnSCU and retained at the University Archives for reference purposes.  Other records in University Archives, especially records of the President and Academic Affairs, contain records that document the interaction between St. Cloud State and MnSCU.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Mitchell Family Papers
217 · Collection · 1860-1969

These materials focus on the family of Henry Z. and Elizabeth Mitchell. They arrived in St. Cloud in 1857 and had three children - William B., Mary, and Charles.

The materials here focus on the Mitchell family in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Mitchell homes at 508 and 509 1st Avenue South play a prominent role. A scrapbook highlights the life of the tea rooms at Grandmother's Garden, established by Ruth Mitchell in 1922.  Grandmother's Garden was the first home of Henry Z. and Elizabeth Mitchell.

There are is a family photo album that contains images of the Mitchell extended family.  Other images include the Mitchell Home at 508 1st Avenue South, which sits on the site of the current Mitchell Hall residence hall.  There are also memories of that home written by Mitchell Family members.

Other materials in this collection include property records, the appointment certificate of William B. Mitchell as St. Cloud State's resident director, art lectures by Mary Mitchell Burbank, and clippings in a scrapbook of the travels of William B. Mitchell and Mary Mitchell Burbank.

Mitchell Family
Tschumperlin Family Papers
S-57 · Collection · 1867-1956

The Tschumperlin Family Papers contain eight record series: Mining, Furniture, Funeral, Red Cross, Books, Personal and Photographs, Other, and Financial Records. The papers relate mostly to Aloys John Tschumperlin, son of Aloys Tschumperlin and Mary Grandelmeyer.

Series 1: Mining

This series contains records related to the mines near the city of Hamilton in White Pine County, Nevada. The mines were initially owned by Aloys Tschumperlin's uncle Joseph Grandelmeyer, who settled in the area ca. 1868. Grandelmeyer died in December 1906 and left the mines to Tschumperlin and other nieces and nephews. Tschumperlin helped manage the mines from afar, often leasing them to other parties, periodically investigating the remaining mineral worth, and attempting to sell them for profit. Tshcumperlin and the others eventually lost ownership of the mines due to the non-payment of back taxes during the Great Depression.

Series 2: Furniture

Divided into two sub-series, this series contain records about the Tschumperlin Furniture Company

Sub-series 1: Correspondence and Invoices

There are letters of correspondence to and from manufacturers and wholesalers regarding advertising, pricing, stock, quotes, order problems, and shipping. The majority of invoices are from wholesalers to Tschumperlin Furniture Co. for both merchandise and published ad space.

Sub-series 2: Advertisements and Catalogs

This sub-series contains catalogs (included is the year the catalog was released) and advertisements from manufacturers that often include a price list.

Series 3: Funeral

Divided into two sub-series, this series contain records about the Tschumperlin funeral business

Sub-series 1: Correspondence, Invoices, and Other Material

There are letters of correspondence to and from manufacturers and wholesalers regarding products, discounts, equipment, order inquiries, stock, shipping, and payment. The majority of invoices are from manufacturers to the Tschumperlin Company for supplies and equipment, mostly from the St. Paul Casket Co. There are also invoices from Tschumperlin Co. to clients for embalming services. There are various permits and certificates including transportation of corpse permits from dead World War I soliders and also for Tschumperlin's mother Mary. There is a certificate from the Minnesota Board of Health to Tschumperlin's brother Joseph W. that shows he was a licensed embalmer in the state of Minnesota.

Sub-series 2: Advertisements, Catalogs, and Publications

The records include publications that update changes within the funeral business - funeral and supply codes, health, and chemicals. They also include new merchandise, articles about restorative art, infection prevention, and embalming treatments.

Series 4: Red Cross

Tschumperlin was named chapter chairman of the Red Cross Stearns County chapter in June 1932. The chairman was tasked with the distribution of flour and feed to the needy farmers and families in the county. The Red Cross requisitions contain a notebook with Red Cross notes and American National Red Cross Warehouse requisition slips to the Stearns County chapter noting the delivery and distribution of flour.

Series 5: Books

This series contains books from Tschumperlin's personal collection of books, including those in German, spelling books, a hymn book, and a violin methods book. There is also an account book of Earl Scott who worked in the real estate and insurance business. (Tschumperlin purchased the house Earl Scott and his family lived in and turned it into a funeral home in 1930.)

Series 6: Personal and Photographs

Divided into two sub-series, this series contains personal correspondence and images.

Sub-series 1: Personal

This sub-series contains personal correspondence written to Aloys Tschumperlin from 1901 to 1930. The correspondence chronicle mostly personal matters and, sometimes, business. The letters from friend Gustav Schwyzer and Tschumperlin's wife Elizabeth McLaughlin (including letters before they married in August 1907) had been separated from the rest of the correspondence. Other correspondents include daughter Margaret, sisters Mary, Anna, and Ethel, brothers Joseph and Ray, cousins Rosa Grandelmeyer and Luella Morehead, father-in-law Jason McLaughlin, uncles Joseph and Chris Grandelmeyer, St. Cloud State faculty member George Hubbard, George Benz, and other extended famliy members and friends.

Sub-series 2: Photographs

The images here are mostly unidentified except for the folders that have identified images, including Aloys and Margaret Tschumperlin and the Schwyzer family. Also included here is a confirmation certificate for the Martha, Edna, and Emma Kuhlman.

Series 7: Other

This series contains records that do not fit into other series. Included is a medical record for Aloys Tschumperlin from St. Raphael's Hospital, Tschumperlin's World War I registration card, miscellaneous financial records including three small notebooks, school work that belongs to Peter Scott (Tschumperlin purchased the house from the Scott family and turned it into a funeral home in 1930), various newspaper clippings, and records pertaining to Tschumperlin's various business organizations such as Elks Home Fund Association, St. Cloud Business Men's Association, and Catholic Order of Foresters. There are also records pertaining to the Pan Motor Company in which Tschumperlin was a stockholder of for at least 20 shares. There are letters to subscribers and shareholders asking for money and updating on shareholder meetings and news. Also included is a Pan Car brochure, stock certificates, and copies of purchases orders from S.C. Pandolfo to Tschumperlin Furniture Company. There is also a letter Tschumperlin wrote in support of Pan Motor Company being able to sell stock in Minnesota. The records from the St. Cloud Credit Association contain weekly bulletins. Their goal was to maintain an adequate credit rating system for businesses in St. Cloud. The bulletin had updates on those with chattel mortgages, liens, deeds, real estate mortgages, etc.

Series 8: Financial Records

This series includes multiple volumes of financial books and ledgers pertaining to the furniture or funeral businesses. The accounting journals list cash receipts and disbursements on a double entry basis, and receivables and credit sales on a single entry basis. The account ledger contains Tschumperlin's customer accounts and the transactions of each customer. The ledger keeps track of customers in alphabetical order. The St. Cloud Normal School is listed in this ledger along with its transactions with Tschumperlin Furniture Company. The sales journals keep track of what is being sold by listing the date, customer's name, and what they purchased along with the price.

Tschumperlin, Aloys
194 · Collection · 1869-2000s

This collection covers a wide variety of topics at St. Cloud State University - people, places, events, units, and athletics.  The collection was created from a huge and poorly unorganized mess of photographic prints held in University Archives.  Since the orgainization of the prints was poor, an artificial order was imposed on them to make more accessible.

Dating mostly from roughly between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, there are no specific creators but it is suspected that the University Photographer took many of the images and that the negatives from them are in the University Photographer collection. If not the University Photographer, the images were likely taken by other university employees for university business. If so, the copyright is held by St. Cloud State University.

Photographic print color snapshots, which date from the last half of the 1990s, are very likely not in the University Photographer Collection. There are images that do date before 1970s, especially mostly of buildings, which date before and after the turn of the 20th century, but are a small majority of the total images. Most images are undated and unidentified - the images were put into an appropriate series. To date the images, one must look at content and decide on an approximate date.

This collection is separated into two groups, then into series. Within those series, some are divided into sub-series when appropriate. The description below applies to both groups of images.

Series 1: Athletics

The series is divided by sport and then by gender, if applicable, within the sport. Nearly all of the images are action, group, and team shots of various sports.

Series 2: Buildings and Spaces

This series contains photographic prints of mostly campus buildings and space. There are some slides that depict locations outside of campus and are not.

This series is divided into three sub-series;

Sub-series 1: General Campus

This sub-series contains slides showing campus by air, campus artwork, mostly outdoors, and campus scenes. Campus scenes show various exterior spots on campus and often contain multiple campus buildings. These images often show people within these spaces, which focus mostly on the space.

Sub-series 2: Specific Campus Buildings and Spaces

Divided by specific campus buildings and space, the images show most often the exterior and, sometimes, the interior of buildings. The slides are sub-divided when appropriate by folder. Some material here show the interior of campus buildings extensively, most notably Centennial Hall as a library (1971-2000), as well as Garvey Commons, and Kiehle as a library (1952-1971). The images show mostly students interacting with the space.

The oversize photographs date before and just after 1900, especially for Old Main, both Lawrence Halls, Riverview, Shoemaker Hall, and the Old Model School.

If there was a specific event associated with a campus building or space, such as groundbreakings, dedications, and cornerstone layings, the slides were placed in this series and not the Social Activities and Events series.

Sub-series 3: Non-campus Buildings and Spaces

There weresome images that showed non-campus spaces, such as downtown St. Cloud, downtown Minneapolis, 10th Street / University bridge, and the neighborhood surrounding the campus as it grew. There are some images that were included here that are now part of campus but when taken were not, such as those that list intersections by street names, and include those homes that stood nearby.  These homes no longer stand.

Series 3: Campus Units and Organizations

This series contains materials related specifically to campus units, including departments, programs, and student groups by name. if there were events specifically associated with a unit, those images appear here, especially those for Learning Resources Services.

Series 4: People

This series focuses mostly on images of students, though there are some images here that are not student related. These students are shown together in groups, walking on campus, participating in class, studying, relaxing in their resident hall rooms, attending athletic events, participating in recreational sports, and as cheeleaders, danceline, or as the Husky mascot.

This series does not contain all images of students but those that were generally identified as students outside of those images that appeared in those related to Centennial Hall and other campus buildings, participating in study-abroad programs, or those depicted in social activities and events.

The oversize images are particularly rich, containing the class composite photos and individual faculty and student protraits, many of which appeared on the composite class photos.

Series 5: Social Activities and Events

Filed in alphabetical order, this series contains slides from specific events such as homecoming, commencement, and registration, to politicians, musical groups, and Hollywood actors. Those folders labeled as "Campus Events" contain images in which the specific event is unidentified.

Series 6: Other

This series contains imagess that did not fit into any of the above categories. Most notable are photo albums from St. Cloud State's centennial celebration as well as the 1975 celebration related to St. Cloud State (and other state four year schools) changing its status from a college to a university.

Series 7: Large Oversize Images

This series contains very large oversize images that could not fit into archival boxes. Due to their size, a separate series was created, but are a small majority of this collection. Particularly notable are the panoramic images from the 1910s and 1920s that featured all students and faculty, usually taken in front of Old Main and Lawrence Hall.

St. Cloud State University
SCSUArch-Bldgs-Collection · Collection · 1869 - 2023

The materials here are quik-ref files regarding campus buildings and spaces. The collection also includes nearby non-campus buildings, spaces, and geographical features, including the 10th Street bridge, Mississippi River, and Barden Park. In these files are a variety of material related to the building or space including newspaper clippings, press releases, dedication programs, and audio.

It is an artificial collection created sometime before 2007 but material is periodically added.

St. Cloud State University
16 · Collection · 1869-2012+

The undergraduate catalog represents the most official publication of St. Cloud State. Dating back to 1869, the catalog describes the purpose of the university, admission requirements, classes and class descriptions, tuition and fees, buildings and grounds, and faculty.  Early catalogs list students by class and often include images of campus buildings.

Starting with the 2012/14, both graduate and undergraduate catalogs are combined together.  These PDF catalogs were created from Curriculum Navigator, the online course management system. In 2022, CourseDog replaced Curriculum Navigator.

The catalog includes both undergraduate and graduate; the catalogs, which were printed separately in the past, are now together.

Most of the catalogs are bound together by year.

St. Cloud State University